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Concerned Citizen: The American electoral system clearly possesses dee

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Concerned Citizen: The American electoral system clearly possesses deep flaws and must be discarded in favor of a more fair and just system. In several recent elections, candidates who were leading in pre-election polls failed to win election to office.

The suggestion that the American electoral system must be discarded most strongly depends on which of the following assumptions?


A. The candidate leading in pre-election polls won a majority of the popular vote in the actual election yet still failed to be elected.

B. The voting population did not significantly alter its feelings on which candidate was preferred during the time interval between the pre-election polls and the actual election.

C. The candidate winning the election consistently spent more money than the candidate who was leading in pre-election polls but failed to actually win.

D. The candidate who actually won office typically relied on a strongly negative campaign strategy and attacked his or her opponent's personal credibility in the final days before the election.

E. The elections in question were for major national or state offices and received considerable media coverage.

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Concerned Citizen: The American electoral system clearly possesses deep flaws and must be discarded in favor of a more fair and just system. In several recent elections, candidates who were leading in pre-election polls failed to win election to office.

The suggestion that the American electoral system must be discarded most strongly depends on which of the following assumptions?

A. The candidate leading in pre-election polls won a majority of the popular vote in the actual election yet still failed to be elected.
B. The voting population did not significantly alter its feelings on which candidate was preferred during the time interval between the pre-election polls and the actual election.
C. The candidate winning the election consistently spent more money than the candidate who was leading in pre-election polls but failed to actually win.
D. The candidate who actually won office typically relied on a strongly negative campaign strategy and attacked his or her opponent's personal credibility in the final days before the election.
E. The elections in question were for major national or state offices and received considerable media coverage.


Clearly B.Other options are Out of context or unrelated to the argument in question.
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An assumption is NOT-STATED (hidden premise) in an argument. That is the reason we rule out option A.

Option B is the answer because according to the argument ONLY the electoral system is at fault and there is no other reason for this flaw.

If we negate the option, we get:
The voting population significantly alter its feelings on which candidate was preferred during the time interval between the pre-election polls and the actual election.

This clearly shatters the conclusion that only the electoral system is at fault. This option eliminates any other possible reason i.e. feelings of the voting population.
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Both A and B look good to me as an assumption. How did u put B over A, and does A look more like a strengthener than an assumption?
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New post 23 Feb 2018, 01:16
Was contemplating between A and B. After a long thought, I picked B. I’m keen to know why B is better than A though. I hope we can have an opinion from any of the experts.
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New post 24 Feb 2018, 08:26
As someone mentioned above in the chain, Option A is probably incorrect because it restates the premise (second sentence in the stimulus). Assumption cannot be stated in the passage. If there is any other reason for rejecting A as the answer choice, please let me know.
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As someone mentioned above in the chain, Option A is probably incorrect because it restates the premise (second sentence in the stimulus). Assumption cannot be stated in the passage. If there is any other reason for rejecting A as the answer choice, please let me know.


You're correct that a stated premise can't be an assumption, so you won't see a premise as the correct answer on an assumption question. But for that reason, premises also won't show up as answer choices. That's just not what the GMAT does to create wrong answer choices. So what does that mean? Any time you think an answer is restating a premise, it almost certainly isn't! In the case of A, this choice adds new information--that the losing candidates we're talking about not only led in the polls, but also won the popular vote. (Sounds like an election I've seen recently. Where could that have been? ;) ) That new information prevents this from being a restatement of the existing premise, but it also comes out of nowhere. Why would the argument rely on our knowing that these people won the popular vote? It seems we could argue about the fairness of the elections even without this, and bringing it in requires additional assumptions about the kind of results that can be considered fair. In short, A is too far out to be considered a necessary assumption.

However, B brings up a very important consideration. What if people simply changed their minds? In that case, the election might be a fair representation of what people wanted, and the polls were simply not recent enough to capture people's sentiments on election day. We do indeed need to rule out this possibility for the argument to work, so B is a necessary assumption.
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B is the clear winner. Rest of the options are out of scope.

As far as A is concerned,

A The candidate leading in pre-election polls ((won a majority of the popular vote in the actual election)) ((yet still failed to be elected)). .....does it really sound like an assumption or make any sense. NO. It is more like the Karnataka elections the premise just talks about pre polls and real day elections.

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Concerned Citizen: The American electoral system clearly possesses deep flaws and must be discarded in favor of a more fair and just system. In several recent elections, candidates who were leading in pre-election polls failed to win election to office.

The suggestion that the American electoral system must be discarded most strongly depends on which of the following assumptions?


A. The candidate leading in pre-election polls won a majority of the popular vote in the actual election yet still failed to be elected.

B. The voting population did not significantly alter its feelings on which candidate was preferred during the time interval between the pre-election polls and the actual election.

C. The candidate winning the election consistently spent more money than the candidate who was leading in pre-election polls but failed to actually win.

D. The candidate who actually won office typically relied on a strongly negative campaign strategy and attacked his or her opponent's personal credibility in the final days before the election.

E. The elections in question were for major national or state offices and received considerable media coverage.


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Correct Answer: B

This assumption question contains a fairly significant gap in logic, in that it supposes that candidates leading in the pre-election polls must necessarily win in the election. Since pre-election polls and the actual vote are different, the correct answer must somehow link these two ideas, as does answer choice (B). If (B) were not true, using the Assumption Negation Technique, the voting population would then have significantly changed its mind between the poll and the election, and there would be no flaw in the electoral system; consequently, the conclusion would fail. Answer choice (A) brings in an element that is unnecessarily specific. Answer choices (C) and (D) invoke some real-world election concerns. Here the test maker is hoping that you rely on your own knowledge or feelings regarding elections rather than the actual assumptions in the passage. Answer choice (E) is out of scope since nothing in the passage involves media coverage.
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